East Allen University in Fort Wayne, Ind., is a public high school that helps English-language learners earn both a high-school diploma and an associate degree. The school helps students navigate an unfamiliar educational system by offering English language support, college counseling and tutors.
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Some schools are using social media app Snapchat to encourage students to experiment with new forms of storytelling in journalism and marketing classes. Educators suggest creating a written policy that would include a social media user guide and tips for best practices.
Some Oakland, Calif., students lead walks designed to show their communities to their teachers, author Shane Safir writes in this blog post. These community walks can help teachers understand their students' social context and create powerful cultural exchanges that transform schools, Safir asserts.
An Ohio school district has introduced robots in several middle-school classrooms to encourage students to apply and reinforce math concepts. Students who have interacted with the robots are posting higher math achievement scores in response to this curriculum.
Indiana high-school students will have the opportunity to explore IT careers by managing a technology help desk. The help desk staff will troubleshoot their fellow students' tech problems and maintain a team website, Twitter account and blog.
President Donald Trump's proposed budget would eliminate Title II and the 21st Century Community Learning Center program, two federal programs that deliver funds to private and charter schools. The cuts to Title II, a $2.3 billion program, would affect many private and charter schools because it would take away some of the funds used for professional development and teacher retention.
A California school district has reported stronger morning attendance rates and fewer tardies after delaying the start time of a local middle school by 25 minutes. Other districts may follow suit, and a state senator has introduced a bill to make middle and high schools start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.
Students who hope to be the first in their families to attend college can struggle with the complex process of getting admitted. Some high schools provide college prep teachers and guidance counselors, who help students manage their psychological and administrative barriers to higher education.
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